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What Do We Know?

3 Nov

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Tax cuts are coming! Huzzah! But so far no one knows how much or when and recent surveys of taxpayers have shown that most American tax payers have no idea how much money they actually pay in federal taxes each year nor what percentage of their earnings their taxes equal. Do you? Does President Trump? We suspect he does but he is not telling us anyway.

However the President’s advisers have been arguing that he does not need to reduce federal spending while he cuts taxes in order to make ends meet. Just like you wouldn’t have to cut your home expenses if you lost your job or were forced to take a pay cut because, you know reduced income will stimulate your home economy just like reduced tax revenue will stimulate the US economy.

But according to a new survey conducted at the University of Chicago, Eighty-four percent of all economic experts polled disagreed that Trump’s tax cuts would pay for themselves through increased economic growth. Mostly because it’s never worked before…ever.

Still that is the plan, although it has yet to be finalized by the president and Congress… and most Americans polled believe that they will get screwed and end up paying more in taxes unless they are rich and/or a corporation. I wonder why that is? Could it be that when Asked whether tax cuts since 1980 have ever paid for themselves, no economists argued that they had?

So will it work this time? We will just have to wait and see. The average American’s wages and income have not increased in real dollars (as in kept up with inflation) in over 40 years but maybe, just maybe, this will be the year. They say that the president himself will be looking at a 31 million dollar tax savings just for himself but then again no one really knows how much if any taxes the President now pays (but that’s only because he won’t tell us).

But we do know that the average corporation in the new tax plan will receive a massive cut in their tax rate from 35% to 20%! Will you and I see a 15% reduction in our tax rate? Probably not, but don’t despair because after all, here in America, corporations are people too! and they also have to make ends meet… just like you… Huzzah!

 

 

 

 

 

Nice Work If You Can Get It

23 Oct

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Here is a fun fact…President Trump has already golfed on average 1 out of every 4 of his days in office as The President of the United states. So if he continues on this pace, then after his 4 year term as President, he will have spent 1 full year on the golf course and only 3 years in his office.

And the best part is that he only golfs at Trump golf courses where his Secret Service Agents must rent golf carts in order to follow the president and protect him as he makes his way through fairways, sand traps and other golf hazards. ( I seriously don’t know why they can’t just follow him around on foot? How fast can a 70+ year old play?)

But I digress, because at the current rate of golf cart rentals the Secret Service is spending over $100,000 per year just on that…and all of that money goes into President Trump’s golfing businesses. So that’s over $400,000 for golf cart rentals alone over a 4 year presidency which means that President Trump will not only spend 1/4 of his time in office golfing, but he will also be paid for it in an amount equal to 1 year of his presidential salary.

And if we calculate all of the money spent by the Secret Service renting rooms at his properties etc. etc. etc…and add it to President trump’s income, well, all I can say is…  Nice work if you can get it, huh? And get paid while doing it too!? And while not even working?! And after trashing our former POTUS for golfing too… at 1/8 the frequency!

Wow! America, meet our plutocratic, pietistical, Polytetrafluoroethylene POTUS! Making America (and himself) Great Again…one swing at a time.

Hey Republicans…At least he’s not Obama, right? (wink, wink)

 

We’re All Rich!

22 Oct

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I’m Rich and you must be too! It turns out that I own an original Renoir painting valued at…a fortune! President Trump says that he has this painting (pictured above) hanging in his home and that it is an original Renoir.

His biographer told him that he was being silly because the “real” original is hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago, or so they have said, since 1933…but I have the same painting hanging in my home too! So who has the really, real Renoir???

Maybe the artist painted several originals that have somehow fallen into all of our hands? Could be? Who’s to say? Do you trust Donald Trump’s biographer who has since been denounced by President trump himself? And Chicago is just a violent, sanctuary city full of fake news, violent drug offenders and killers. Who believes anyone from there?

So it appears as though all… or many… or at least some, of our home wall paintings might be originals! Yours too! We’re all rich! MAGA! Yahoo! Yippee! Eureka!…And this comes straight from the President of the United States, the leader of the free world! Talk about an endorsement!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep my painting right where it is and remain secure in the knowledge that I am wealthy from now on. I’m not going to try to sell it to some fake news and knowledge rip-off artist who’s going to try and rip me off with some made up story about how it’s a copy or something. No way!

I’m loaded now and I’m going to stay that way and brag about it to all of my jealous guests whenever they come to visit me and my Renoir. Besides… if I sell it I’d probably have to pay taxes to some greedy government swamp dwelling hacks. No Thank you!

No sirree! I’m rich I tell you! Rich! MAGA! And thank you Mr. President! Finally somebody is getting something done around here! MAGA! Now, I’m off to catalogue my collection! (You should too!) MAGA!

It’s Just Business America, Just Business…

9 Oct

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Today, President Trump’s campaign announced an “exclusive Columbus Day sale,” offering 25% off Trump-branded merchandise.

The Email sent to Trump campaign subscribers wrote: “As leftists push harder and harder to erase our nation’s past, there’s never been a better time to celebrate our history. America’s past is being vilified and stripped away by liberals in the media and our schools — but we won’t stand for it.” …

So there is nothing like enjoying a discount to make you feel better is there?!… Just use code 1492. (for all of you history buffs out there) I kid you not…this is too true to make up.

This of course is not the first time that a President has made a speech on Columbus Day to honor the old explorer, but it is the first time that a POTUS has done his best to profit from it by selling his own merchandise (at discount prices no less!) as though he were representing Macy’s or K-Mart rather than the United States of America…and while bashing at least half of all Americans in the process!

Nothing is worse for America than liberals the media and schools! So let’s all work to make America Great Again by shopping on-line for hats and other crap with our President’s name on it!

Because everyone knows that good old Chris Columbus was not looking for a new world (with Liberals, Leftists, Natives, Immigrants, Newsmen, Scholars, Protesters, Africans, Latinos and Jews in it!!!) He was looking for a way to get to the other side of the OLD world…

…So he could go shopping, of course! MAGA!

 

Oxy-Moronic?

29 Sep

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Have you noticed how most Republicans and or Conservatives, if not all, would like to require any Americans who are in need of or eligible for government programs such as, food stamps (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and even Medicaid, to take a drug test in order to receive any benefits or government aid?

And even though it has been proven that the great majority of Americans who are in need of such assistance (like children, the disabled, the elderly, single mothers) do not use drugs, most Republicans are still in favor of drug testing these individuals no matter the cost.

They simply don’t want drug users to receive or profit from tax payer’s money. And they ask, “Is that so wrong?” However, Republican Senators have recently been proposing that 45 billion dollars be added to their healthcare proposal overhaul, for states to spend on opioid addiction treatment. Because we now have an opioid addiction crisis in America.

But can opioid addicts pass a drug test? I Would think not. So why would you want to help drug users who use too many drugs and are drug addicts, when you don’t want to help children and women and the disabled and the elderly who might use drugs even when they aren’t addicted to them? That makes no sense at all…does it?

We still have marijuana users in jail for using marijuana and we don’t have a marijuana addiction problem… nor do I think we even worry about one…and we certainly don’t seem to be inclined to help any other drug users or abusers. Do we?

America has been at war with drugs for over 50 years! How are we doing so far? According to the pro-reform Drug Policy Alliance, when you combine state and local spending on everything from drug-related arrests to prison, the total cost adds up to at least $51 billion per year. And over four decades, American taxpayers have spent over 1 trillion dollars on the drug war.

And with over 2 million Americans now in jail, and half of those prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes, all that money has helped produce is the highest incarceration rate in the world… along with drug addiction rates that have statistically remained unchanged!

so why don’t we just put all of the opioid users in jail too?

Or if spending 45 billion dollars to help people who are in need of drug treatment is no big deal while also spending 1 trillion dollars to catch drug users, dealers and abusers…then what’s the big deal about spending 21 billion dollars on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families? Or spending 75 billion dollars on Food Stamps? Or 18 billion dollars on Housing Vouchers?

Instead our president wants to cut those programs by 192 billion dollars over the next decade. And they want to cut Medicaid by 800 billion dollars over that same time period… While spending 30 billion dollars on building a wall along the border of Mexico (also part of our “war” on drugs)

And most Republican lawmakers and most Republicans for that matter too, can’t wait to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle the healthcare benefits that it has provided for millions of Americans…and yet, they have all of this concern for opioid addicts. Why? What’s so special about these Americans in distress that isn’t so special about other distressed Americans?

I don’t know what’s going to happen or who’s going to get which money for what or how the government is going to spend it, but one thing I know for sure is that after all is said and done and after all of the money is spent, there will still be opioid addicts… and lots of them… because no Congressman, Republican or Democrat is going to outlaw that drug or force doctors to stop prescribing it or make pharmaceutical companies stop making it… will they?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Want More?!

24 Mar

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The Republicans in Congress are having difficulty passing their replacement healthcare bill for the Affordable Care Act. It seems that many Republicans find the new healthcare law to be too generous. House Speaker, Paul Ryan has even offered to make additional cuts to satisfy the Republican upstarts who won’t settle for less than an all out repeal of the ACA… You know, exactly what the American people want and have mandated by electing them.

Here is the list of the frivolous health benefits that health insurers are required to provide under the ACA that the Speaker has offered to have removed from the new bill:

• Ambulatory patient services (doctor’s visits) • Emergency services • Hospitalization            • Maternity and newborn care • Mental health and substance abuse disorder services,            • Prescription drugs • Rehabilitative services and devices • Laboratory services • Preventive and wellness services, and chronic disease management • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care

Wow! Who needs that stuff?…But still the watered down porridge of a bill could not receive enough votes from Republicans. Why, you may ask? It still left too many benefits intact! It wasn’t a repeal!

President Trump is demanding that this healthcare plan be passed by Congress tomorrow (at the latest) or else he’s done with healthcare and the nation can go scratch! (as in Beelzebub?) (As in “This is going to be the best healthcare plan ever! New and improved and cheaper! And now with better care!”… ???)

Anyway, what’s a political party to do with a nation that wants to visit their own doctor when they are sick??? And at these prices?! Have you seen what doctors charge nowadays? (Most Congressmen haven’t…but they’ve heard!) And it’s much too expensive for people who are…Non-Congressmen!

But Even with their proposed cuts the National Budget Office says that about 151 billion dollars will be shaved from the national deficit… in a budget that sees half a trillion dollars in payment to the National Debt!…every year! (Now that’s saving some real chump change)

And now we pause for a brief excerpt from Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens:

‘Please, sir, I want some more.’

The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupified astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralysed with wonder; the boys with fear.

‘What!’ said the master at length, in a faint voice.

‘Please, sir,’ replied Oliver, ‘I want some more.’

The master aimed a blow at Oliver’s head with the ladle; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the beadle.

The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr. Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,

‘Mr. Limbkins, I beg your pardon, sir! Oliver Twist has asked for more!’

There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance.

‘For MORE!’ said Mr. Limbkins. ‘Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after he had eaten the supper allotted by the dietary?’

‘He did, sir,’ replied Bumble.

‘That boy will be hung,’ said the gentleman in the white waistcoat. ‘I know that boy will be hung.’

Nobody controverted the prophetic gentleman’s opinion. An animated discussion took place. Oliver was ordered into instant confinement; and a bill was next morning pasted on the outside of the gate, offering a reward of five pounds to anybody who would take Oliver Twist off the hands of the parish. In other words, five pounds and Oliver Twist were offered to any man or woman who wanted an apprentice to any trade, business, or calling.

‘I never was more convinced of anything in my life,’ said the gentleman in the white waistcoat, as he knocked at the gate and read the bill next morning: ‘I never was more convinced of anything in my life, than I am that that boy will come to be hung.’

And so what will happen in tomorrow’s chapter of American Healthcare? As always, stay tuned! Perhaps with a promise of 5 bucks per person some other country will take our excess poor citizens off of our ruling class citizen’s hands? Doesn’t someone need an apprentice??? ( OK we’ll make it 400 dollars adjusted for inflation but that’s our final offer) We’ve got to be in Mar-a-Lago by Saturday morning!

 

Walton$ Mountain

14 May

Today on the internet I saw a list posted by Forbes Magazine of the 5 richest women in the United States. The top 2 were Christy Walton and Alice Walton of the Walton family and Wal-Mart fame. Christy’s brother-in laws (Alice’s brothers) Jim and S. Robson, are also quite wealthy and together they are numbers 6,7,8 and 9 on the top 10 list of the richest people in America. All together they have over 107 billion dollars between them.

Isn’t it amazing that a company whose employees are mostly poor and whose shoppers are mostly poor creates enough wealth to produce 4 of the 10 richest people in America?

In fact Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke’s (not a member of the family…too poor) earns about $20 million a year, or about 9,615 dollars an hour. Which when you think about it is only about 9,606 dollars more per hour than your average Wal-Mart employee who makes around $8.75 an hour and who would gross about $13,650 a year. So Mr. Duke earns about as much as 1,465 of his employees put together.

On the other hand, the 4 richest Walton’s earn more than 7.8 million of their employees put together…but that’s OK because Wal-Mart only employs about 1.5 million Americans…so there is still plenty of Wal-Mart work to be done. Yet just to be fair, that is a lot of employees and Wal-Mart does pay its taxes…but still…

There are many ways to make one’s fortune in this world, and building one on the backs of the poor is still the best way to make the biggest ones possible. And why is that? Because…

On an interesting and ironic side note, if you Google “The Waltons” you’ll see a list featuring the story of John-Boy and all of his favorite relatives who live with him in Walton’s Mountain, a fictitious television town in rural Virginia. If you watched this show then you learned about how a very large and extended family could  live happily together during the great depression in the United States even though they were poor and didn’t have much money… and yet they had a town and a mountain named after them….go figure.

But of course in America art imitates life almost every day…on television.

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